Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



My Predictions for 2011

You do not need be a psychic to make predictions. I have been watching the trends in the new trade laws and cases. The trends are:

A. Accountability - Following the law is not a suggestion - individuals and partnerships will be...

Canadian Manufacturers (and U.S. Manufacturers/Exporters) May Have A New Mechanism to Stop Unsafe Imports Into Canada

The new Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which received Royal Assent in December 2010 (also known as Bill C-36) may present an opportunity for Canadian manufacturers to stop or impede imports of unsafe goods. The Canada...

The ABCs of the Canada-EU CETA Negotiations

This blog posting on the ABCs of the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) can be adapted for most free trade agreement negotiations. As the 6th Round Canada-EU CETA negotiations is starting on January...

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Appeared on The Agenda With Steve Paikin

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak joined guest James Cowan, John Manley, Weran Jiang and Dan Trefler on The Agenda With Steve Paikin on October 5, 2010 -

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The Topic was...

The Brison Amendment to the Canada-Colombia FTA Will Put Canadian Companies in Colombia Under A Microscope

On March 24, 2010, an opposition MP, Liberal Scott Brison, spoke in Canada's House of Commons about an amendment to the Canada-Colombian Free Trade Agreement (or Side Agreements on Labour and Environment) that he had negotiated...

Thai Cigarette WTO Report Will Provide Answers About Related Party Transaction Value

There is a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute that has been flying under world radar because it is between two developing countries, the Philippines and Thailand and a "sin product", being cigarettes. "Thailand — Customs and...

Canada and United States Tentative Agreement on Buy North American Should Be Reason for “Cautious Optimism”

On February 5, 2010, Canada’s Minister of International Trade (Peter Van Loan) and the United States Trade Representative (Ron Kirk) issued a joint statement on Canada-United States government procurement.  This tentative...

Canada and United States: Friends & Trading Partners Agreeing To Renew Vows

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on February 4, 2010 that "the United States is committed to a rules-based trading system where the American people - and the Congress - can feel confident that when we sign an agreement...

China Files Case at WTO Against EU Footwear AD Duties With Support of EU Footwear Association

On February 4, 2010 China filed a Request for Consultations with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) regarding the continuation of 16% antidumping duties on footwear by the European Union. This is not...

United States Moving Towards Country of Origin Labeling on Fuel

Representative Bruce Braley, D- Iowa has sponsored HR 4512 in the United States House of Representatives, legislation that ultimately requires country of origin labelling on fuel.

Section 3 of the "Country-of-Origin Labeling...

What is "Enlightened Sovereignty"?

In Davos on January 28, 2010, Canada's Prime Minister Harper used the term "enlightened sovereignty" in a speech. He stated:

“But ladies and gentlemen, in that brief parting of the veil, I saw world leadership at its best, a...

What Are the World Leaders Promoting: Trade or Protectionism?

The National Post contains a great post by Terence Corcoran entitled "The loopy Obama-Sarkozy axis of trade".  He is right on point. Corcoran observes "on trade issues that [Obama and Sarkozy] promoted ideas that...

United States and Japan Block WTO Review of Bank Bailouts

Reuters is reporting that at the January 22, 2010 Meeting of the WTO Trade Policy Review Body, the United States and Japan blocked requests by Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba, Brazil, India and China for a future review of trade...

This is a Good Time for Sugar Expiry Review

On December 29, 2009, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) gave notice that the Canadian antidumping and countervailing duty orders regarding sugar are scheduled to expire on November 1, 2010 (In particular, the...

Taiwan Re-Institutes Partial Ban on U.S. Beef Imports

On January 5, 2010, Taiwan's Parliament unanimously passed an amendment to the food health law banning imports of some imports of U.S. beef (e.g., organs, ground beef and other high-risk items).  This step is merely the...

Commencement date for Australia - NZ and ASEAN FTA confirmed

According to a media release of 25 October 2009 from the Australian Trade Minister, it has been agreed that the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement will come into force on 1 January 2010 following discussion between...